It's interesting being part of an undefined (or at least ill-defined, or maybe "being defined"), leaderless, non-funded, non-head-quartered movement. (I could go on and on about the constant reshaping and realigning that goes on, but I won't... maybe.)
But it is a movement toward participation with God Himself in His mission. It's a new thinking and realignment in practice or the missio Dei in everyday flesh and blood situations. It's about moving back in the neighborhood and marketplace. As well as into all the world. It's about unashamed engagement with others out of love and respect - for where they're coming from as well as where we're going. It's about finding the heart of God in His mission and responding - not just with good theology (orthodoxy) that basically means shaking our head in agreement, but with actions (orthopraxy) of love, sacrifice, kindness and hope so that the Kingdom actually comes and the Father's will is actually done.
It is an international sporadic, helter-skelter, here-there movement of imperfect men and women, young and old, well-churched as well as newbies who want to see things happen differently. It is a movement about hope and change that is bigger than President Obama and the new administration. Bigger and better. More lasting and hopefully more about consistent, lasting justice and living hope than about religious observance and church attendance.
My hope is that the history and reputation of the church will not bog down the movement. That it - the word, the movement, the heart - will not be co-opted by well-meaning preservationists.
It's about God's heart!
And according to Leadership Journal we have Darrell Guder for putting the heart of God on the church's map.
And maybe the Holy Spirit.